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French has reached 51 Million learners!

The French course for English speakers has reached 51 Million learners! Congratulations to the French team!

May 2, 2017

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Wow! c'est beaucoup! Je suis l'un d'entre eux.

Le français est une belle langue. Sa phonétique est difficile pour moi, je ne comprends encore pas trop bien le français parlé, mais je peux lire très confortablement. Sa structure n'est pas difficile pour moi, il ressemble à l'italien, l'espagnol, le catalan et le portugais, mais sa phonétique est peut-être plus difficile.

J'aime lire des livres en français. Maintenant je lis "Le Monde de Sophie", et je l'aime vraiment. Je l'avais déjà lu, ce livre, il y a quelques années (en anglais ou en espagnol, je ne me souviens pas maintenant), et je le recommande à tout le monde.

En outre, le français était la première langue que j'ai commencé à étudier ici sur Duolingo, il y a presque vingt mois. Que le temps passe vite!

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

Yes, Mat, impressive comment (I am a native, by the way). A few things are not extremely natural, but there is no mistake (most French people would not be able to write a text like this without making at least a few mistakes).

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Thanks Marc!! Yeah, I guess the only way to internalize, to absorb what sounds natural and what not, is reading more and more, and listening to real people talking.

The funny thing is that it also happens to me in Italian, Portuguese and Catalan ( I can also read comfortably books in those languages and my level is quite similar in the three of them, along with French, as I started them all at the same time), but what sounds "natural" and what not, differs severely in all these "similar" languages.

That is one of the reasons why maybe it was not a great idea to start learning all these similar languages simultaneously (I tend to, unconscioussly, use this and that "expression" or "construction" that may be completely "natural" in one of these languages, but not in the other ones) :-)

So after one year and a half studying new languages here, on Duolingo, my experience is that (at least for me) there is absolutely no problem to start studying several (four, five, six...) languages regarding the passive aspects (reading and listening), I don't mix them at all and I have absolutely no problem when reading or listening to all these languages, one after another, during the same day.

But the active aspects (writing and especially speaking) I do tend to mix languages (constructions, expressions) and this "what sounds natural and what not" is possibly one of the things that requires more time to absorb, in each language, when you are studying several languages simultaneously (more so if they are similar languages).

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

A year and a half. Wow, you started about the same time as me, but your french is much better, and you learn a dozen of other languages as well. Now I feel like a slacker.

May 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

Tu écris très bien. Je souhaite écrire comme toi.

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Thanks! It is just a matter of time and practice.

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmineHadji1

Really impressive! I think you have at least a B1+ level in French (I am a native btw). However, some of your sentences seem not really natural, so I'll try to correct you:

  • Sa phonétique est difficile pour moi: The sentence is correct and natural, but if you want to sound fancy you could say Sa phonétique m'est difficile.
  • Je ne comprends encore pas [...]: It's more natural to use the adverb toujours rather than encore in a negative sentence (Je ne comprends toujours pas [...]). Besides, even though you can use trop as très in slang, in this particular sentence, it feels a bit unnatural.
  • [...] très confortablement: I know that you mean very comfortably, but in this case, we can't use confortablement since confortable in French is used for furniture. You could say très facilement.
  • Maintenant [...]: maintenant is closer to right now than to now. I felt you were reading while writing the comment. It's still correct though.
  • je ne me souviens pas: If you omit the object, better say je ne m'en souviens pas, it feels more natural.

Remember, these are not reproaches, they are remarks so that you reach an even better level of French. Hope you the best and keep practising!

P.S.: Pour la phonétique, je te conseille les livres La phonétique progressive du français (débutant/intermédiaire/avancé). J'espère que ça t'aidera.

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

Oh, thanks a lot! Yes, I guess learning a language from scratch, here on Duolingo, has some clear limits (at the end of the day, we only get to see isolated sentences here, once and again) that is why in the last few months I started reading books in French, to get used to the "flow" of the French language, what is "natural" and what not, how real people express themselves....

But I have a long way to go yet :-)

Thanks again for your comments!!

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

I agree with all of Amine's remarks.

About 'Maintenant': we would say 'En ce moment' in that context.

J'ai essayé de lire "Le Monde de Sophie" sur recommandation d'une amie, mais je n'ai pas accroché [in French we say 'I have not hooked' instead of 'I didn't get hooked']. En ce moment, je lis des nouvelles de Thomas Mann et de Jun'ichirô Tanizaki... en français, bien entendu ! :)

EDIT: Enfin, j'ai lu certaines d'entre elles en anglais, quand il n'y avait pas de traduction française.

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazmin725208

En effet phonétiques français peut se révéler difficile pour certains, y compris moi-même, mais, je l'ai toujours apprécié la beauté dans sa culture et la beauté dans ses possibilités cullinary, comme je le fais dans la culture de l'Italie et espère un jour aller là-bas et de poursuivre mes rêves.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matfran2001

D'où viens-tu ? Parles-tu l'italien ?

May 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parislover1217

Bon très bien! J'aime le français parce que il est très très joli et très super! Bon très très bien! Pour tous les apprenants français, bonne chance! ;)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazmin725208

J'ai toujours perçu qu'un atout dans les langues a son propre contact individuel, mais en fait, pourquoi ne pas inclure les points de conversation intellectuelle.

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

There are 220 million French speakers in the world. Can't wait for the day this course has more than 220 million learners. That would be interesting.

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lucychamberlain

Oui!

May 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samantha132001

Yah!

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

Woohoo! More than halfway to 100 million! Feels like yesterday it was 50 million. :-)

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazmin725208

Oui il a

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazmin725208

En effet, le texte en soi a des caractéristiques prometteuses, mais le défaut est inévitable

May 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strangler142

yipeee

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vc120

Yay! I'm one of them! * Proudly Points to flag next to username *

May 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/starspark_bianca

Très impressionnant ! Merci mille fois, French team!

May 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophie_678

wow i knew french was popular but i didn't know it was this popular,thats wahy i take it!

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophie_678

why

May 7, 2017
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